Leopard is one of those classic patterns that comes back year after year. While it might look kind of out of place in the middle of the summer, when the temperatures drop and everyone heads back to school, it looks just right. Like colorful leaves or pumpkin spice lattes (which everyone seems to like but […]
I’ve been promising a fringe tutorial for what feels like forever, and I just got my sewing machine back from a tune-up, so it was time to give it a go. I was inspired by some DIY fringe ideas I rounded up here and here, but the bag ended up as kind of a cross […]
Learn how to make a heart wrist bag or clutch that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.
I’m working on a couple of Valentine’s Day/heart projects, but none of them are quite done. Here’s a little teaser for the first one, a cute little heart wrist bag. The tutorial is coming!
The other day I decided to play around with the metallic pen I used for this ring holder. I started with a small plain black faux-leather pouch. I made the one I used, which is a smaller version of the one I made in this tutorial. (If you don’t want to sew your own, here […]
After my most recent trip, I realized that I needed a better travel bag. Since I’m flying down to California this weekend for my sister’s wedding, I decided to whip one up. I thought it would only take a couple of hours to design and sew a large, fully-lined bag. This was a vast underestimate. […]
Finally, the last part of this three-part tutorial. First I sewed the body of the bag, then I waxed it, and now I’ll show you how to add leather straps. This bag, by the way, is super sturdy. It’s designed so that the bottom, which carries the most weight, has no seam, and the addition […]
In part 1 of this tutorial, I showed you how to sew a simple canvas tote bag. Today I’ll provide instructions for how to waterproof the canvas by waxing it with a mixture of beeswax and paraffin. Until I experimented with this bag, I had never waxed canvas, or any fabric. But it turns out […]
As you may have heard, it rains in the Pacific Northwest. A lot. That’s how we grow those giant moss-covered trees and all of that local produce we’re so fond of. But sometimes that means that you need a waterproof bag. So I recently experimented with waxing canvas. I started with this tote bag that […]